Under New Coach, Linsanity Might Be Over

Knicks' new leader favors defense over offense, says NYT writer

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 16, 2012 6:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – With the New York Knicks changing from being coached by the offense-minded, freewheeling Mike D'Antoni to the defense-first, old-school Mike Woodson, there's one undeniable conclusion—"it's the end of Linsanity as we know it," writes Howard Beck in the New York Times. Woodson is certain to focus on Knicks superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudamire, and feature a lot of halfcourt set plays. And Jeremy Lin? “Woody’s inclination would not be to play him,” says an insider.

Lin was the biggest sensation in the NBA this season, coming from seemingly out of nowhere to turn around a terrible Knicks season. But since a hot start, Lin's numbers have faded, and the Knicks have lost eight of 11 and are in a tough fight for a playoff spot. Now Woodson's priority is on re-integrating star Anthony into the Knicks' offense, after he missed several weeks with an injury. As for Lin, the coach talked of him being "in a learning stage," and suggested he'll be learning from the bench.

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, right, talks to interim head coach Mike Woodson, during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, right, talks to interim head coach Mike Woodson, during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin sits on the bench during the first half of a game against the Bulls on March 12 in Chicago.
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin sits on the bench during the first half of a game against the Bulls on March 12 in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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